Adam Kownacki Gets Disqualified for Repeated Low Blows Against Robert Helenius

Published 10/09/2021, 10:23 PM EDT


The rematch between Adam Kownacki and Robert Helenius saw the latter have his hands raised once again. However, the outcome was extremely bizarre. Despite being the better fighter throughout the night, Helenius earned the win via an uncanny stoppage.

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It was actually a disqualification that happened after Kownacki planted three low blows on his opponent, even after being warned. But the short-lived bout was full of action and was intriguing as a whole.

Being a night primely for the heavyweights, Adam Kownacki vs Robert Helenius 2 began with some stellar action. Right from the outset, they began trading blows and did not allow the other any time to settle. However, it was more in favor of Robert Helenius.

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Having beaten Kownacki in their latest encounter, ‘The Nordic Nightmare’ came in with supreme confidence. He planted big shots straight on Kownacki’s face and almost stopped his rival. Round one ended with Helenius enjoying a massive advantage, and round two began on a similar note.

The heavyweight stars put haymakers into the display and rocked each other. After the end of round two, Robert Helenius had 35 shots scored in response to Kownacki’s 15. It was quite a setback for Kownacki, whose left eye was also shut by then.

Meanwhile, round three was more competitive and dramatic. As the heavyweight elites charged each other with their best, Helenius contracted a low blow.

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By the end of round four, both the fighters looked tired. They were landing the prominent shots only and looked battered. It didn’t indicate a full-distance fight. However, a lot of drama was left to happen.

At the 2:30 minutes of round five, Adam Kownacki was penalized with one point for landing the second low blow. As he was already way behind his rival on the punch stats, the deduction of a point became extremely dangerous.

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To make things more problematic for Adam Kownacki, Helenius used his sharp jabs and also connected some good uppercuts. While Helenius was way past 100 shots landed, Kownacki was still under 50. This massive contrast looked more prominent as the fight went ahead.

Unfortunately, Adam Kownacki cost himself the epic rematch as he planted a straight shot on Helenius’ crotch. Given that it was the third such incident of the night, the referee stepped in and closed off the bout. It was the second consecutive loss in Adam Kownacki’s career, which now stands at 20-2.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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